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Adani's giant Galilee Basin coal mine gets federal government approval

12:30pm The federal government has approved Indian mining giant Adani's proposal to develop one of the world's biggest coal mines in Queensland.


BHP in fresh bid to unlock Olympic Dam

The Olympic Dam contains copper, gold, silver, uranium and potentially other valuable commodities.

PETER KER 11:59am BHP Billiton is set to undertake a heap leaching trial at Olympic Dam in the hope it may unlock the enormous and complex ore body in the South Australian outback.


Newcrest debt delivers gold returns

Golden bonds: Newcrest's debt securities have returned 23 per cent so far this year.

10:12am Newcrest Mining bonds are delivering the best returns this year among metal producers even as the gold miner prepares for new writedowns at a floundering asset inside an extinct volcano.


Caymans court lambastes former BHP chief Brian Gilbertson

Brian Gilbertson.

BEN BUTLER Former BHP chief has been blasted for pursuing a years-long legal 'vendetta'.


$50m win for Forge creditors if challenge to APR succeeds

Amanda Saunders It has been strangely quiet on the Forge Group front since the collapsed mining services firm descended into receivership in February. But that is about to change.

Australia bets on coal as climate policy crumbles

Lake Hume, Australia.

PETER HANNAM Australia’s policy on climate change is in disarray after the repeal of the carbon price while the stance of business remains unequivocally pro-coal.


Newcrest CEO facing tough questions in his first big outing


Peter Ker Sandeep Biswas will front the investment community for the first time as CEO of Newcrest Mining on Thursday.

BHP Billiton on the front foot in numbers game

Elizabeth Knight Dinkus

ELIZABETH KNIGHT BHP has demonstrated its strong credentials among the big Australian iron ore producers in the race to increase export volumes.


Shareholder returns on agenda as BHP Billiton enjoys sales bonanza


PETER KER Stronger-than-expected production in BHP's two biggest revenue spinners has set the scene for CEO to embrace shareholder returns at the miner's full-year financial results next month.

BHP pumps up the volume result but B team still a drag

For the big miners, it's a volume game.

ELIZABETH KNIGHT BHP Billiton has underscored its credentials in the race among major miners to increase export volumes.


BHP iron ore production surges, beats target


PETER KER BHP Billiton has easily beaten full year export targets for its two biggest revenue spinners, as the miner continues to consider its options around simplifying its product portfolio.


Discounts for lower-grade iron ore here to stay, says BHP's Mike Henry

Mike Henry

PETER KER Price discounts for lower grade iron ores are here to stay, according to BHP Billiton marketing president Mike Henry, despite the protestations of smaller miners like Fortescue Metals Group and Atlas Iron.


Fortescue uses wisdom of Solomon


PETER KER Fortescue Metals Group believes its new Solomon mining and processing hub has an extra decade of mine life, according to documents filed with regulators on Tuesday.


Newcrest vows to fight class action

The corporate watchdog had focused its investigations on a period between May 28 and June 7, 2013.

PETER KER Newcrest Mining has vowed to vigorously defend a class action lodged by law firm Slater & Gordon which is seeking damages in relation to the gold miners' market disclosure performance in the 2013 financial year.


Newcrest sued over guidance

The claim alleges that Newcrest had no reasonable grounds for the gold production guidance it released on August, 13, 2012, and further mislead and deceived investors leading up to a June 2013 downgrade announcement.

Gretchen Friemann and Tess Ingram A class action has been launched against Australia’s largest goldminer, Newcrest Mining, over the company’s massive write-down last year.

Arrium iron ore price slumps after market downturn

BRIAN ROBINS The downturn in the iron ore price wiped $US23 a tonne off the price received by Arrium for its exports in the June quarter, with its free-on-board price dropping to just $US71 a tonne.

The mining tax is dead already

Malcolm Maiden dinkus

MALCOLM MAIDEN Even if it is not repealed, the mining tax is dead in the water.


Blackham Resources may take chairman Joseph Gutnick to court

Joseph Gutnick in his Melbourne office.

PETER KER Mining entrepreneur Joe Gutnick could soon be taken to court by a company he chairs.


Santos sales surge on PNG start-up


BRIAN ROBINS Resources giant has flagged that full year revenues could top a record $4 billion.


Korean company Posco to build Queensland railway for Indian coal miner Adani

An employee of POSCO walks next to a sculpture with POSCO's logo.

PETER KER Korean steel company Posco is continuing to increase its presence in Australia.

Who wins, who loses when the carbon tax goes?

Carbon crunch time for some industries.

PETER HANNAM Assuming the government can get the key parts of its changes through, who stands to win and who stands to lose?


AGL warns of profit hit from carbon tax removal

AGL's profit may take a $200 million initial hit from the removal of the carbon tax.

BRIAN ROBINS Energy utility AGL has warned the removal of the carbon tax will cut heavily into its profit for fiscal 2015.

Iluka buoyed by optimism on outlook

BRIAN ROBINS Optimism for an improving outlook for mineral sands helped buoy sentiment towards Iluka Resources on Wednesday, following the release of its June quarter production data, but wariness remained over the timing of any recovery.


Fortescue boosts shares with production guidance

Stockpiles of iron ore in the Pilbara region: Fortescue says it could produce as much as 160 million tonnes in the new financial year.

PETER KER Shares in Fortescue Metals Group have surged shortly around midday after the iron ore miner published aggressive production guidance for the 2015 financial year.


Sirius soars on promising nickel prospect

PETER KER Shares in Sirius Resources have surged as much as 19 per cent this morning after the nickel aspirant said it made another promising discovery near the Fraser Range region of Western Australia.


Copper starts to shine at Rio

The mining giant has been able to boost its guidance for its copper production.

PETER KER Rio Tinto has revealed a 15 per cent boost to its full-year copper guidance


Chinese group faces competition for PanAust

Copper is much in demand: Chinese groups are leading the race

PETER KER Takeover target PanAust has revealed it is talking to several groups over a possible acquisition bid, signalling Chinese group Guangdong Rising could have competition in its chase for the copper miner.


OZ Minerals updates copper forecast after waste rock changes

OZ Minerals' Prominent Hill mine in South Australia.

PETER KER OZ Minerals has raised its full year copper guidance as it prepares to extend some short term pain for long term gain.


Whitehaven says metallurgical coal prices will keep falling

Whitehaven's coal production has hit record levels.

Amanda Saunders Whitehaven Coal says metallurgical coal prices will continue to fall this quarter but is betting on a “modest recovery” later this year, with a string of mine closures and delays cutting into its competitors’ production.


Sirius' Nova nickel mine plan likely to draw investors


PETER KER Sirius Resources is telling lenders it wants to be free of hedging requirements and able to return early profits to shareholders as it begins talks with lenders over one of the few new mine projects in Australia.

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